Copyright 1985 by
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
I first read this in 1986 and most recently in May 2001
A massive alien starship is rapidly approaching Earth. Sadly it turns
out not to be friendly, intent simply on conquest. So with Earth's
improvised defences hopelessly outmatched, Its satellites destroyed
within minutes, power stations, dams and other major structures
obliterated shortly after, what can humankind do to overcome?
This is one of the best hard-science alien invasion novel. If you ever
wanted to know how to fight back against an alien invasion this is the
definitive manual. It has its great heroes and great technologies:
Harry Reddington and Orion, to mention one of each. Harry Reddington
does so much better and goes so much further than you imagine at his
introduction - he comes high in my list of unlikely heroes. And Orion,
wow, that's sledgehammer of a spaceship. Build that for me any time,
just don't launch it in my back yard. And look at all the other
stuff: orbiting kinetic weapons, laser launching, EMP bombs,
pulse bombs, platform shoes (yep, that's right)! Don't get
nervous if this sounds a little like Tom Clancy. And they even managed
to squeeze Robert A Heinlein in there, albeit under a slightly
Woah, I almost forgot! The aliens - what dumbos, but how excellently
My only criticism? Just that throw-away comment about skipping change
control. I mean you can never do that, can you?
Now all I have to do is find my copy of "Lucifer's Hammer" to round out
the week. Sadly I think that's in storage back in Wing One (London) which
is absolutely no good to me out here, so it's time for another Amazon
evening, I guess.
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.